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Sarah, a teen with a port-wine stain and body image issues, is abducted, and must find a way to rescue herself.

“Powerful. I raced through it, wanting to know if Sarah would find a way to escape both her captor and her self-doubts. A real nail-biter!“
- April Henry, NY Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

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Kendra must face her past and stop hurting herself--before it's too late.

Awards: #1 in the Top 10 ALA Quick Picks, ALA's Rainbow List, a Governor General Literary Award Finalist, Staff Pick for Teaching Tolerance.

Yes, it's my own arm on the cover of SCARS.

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Caitlyn, a telepath in a world where having any paranormal power at all can kill her, must decide between saving herself or saving the world.

Awards: A finalist for the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award.

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Kate sees visions of the future--but only when she has an asthma attack. When she "sees" her sister being beaten, and a schoolmate killing herself, Kate must trigger more attacks--but that could kill her.

Awards: 2013 Gold Winner, Wise Bear Digital Awards, YA Paranormal category.

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Sarah, a teen with a port-wine stain and body image issues, is abducted, and must find a way to rescue herself.

“Powerful. I raced through it, wanting to know if Sarah would find a way to escape both her captor and her self-doubts. A real nail-biter!“
- April Henry, NY Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

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Teen Books That Have Something to Say


Uncle Vampire

Review

Uncle Vampire
by Cynthia D. Grant
Random House,(1995)
ISBN-10: 0679867260

My rating:



We're close. Twins. Mirror images. We can almost read each other's minds. Usually that's fine, but it can be a pain. A family can become too ingrown; interwoven thistles, inseparable, brittle.
That's what happens when there's a secret at the core. Sometimes the secret prickles at the corners of her mind, but Honey wipes it away; she wants to be happy. She wants to have a perfect life.
--Uncle Vampire, Cynthia D. Grant, p. 1.

Sixteen-year-old Carolyn is being sexually abused by her uncle Toddy who lives with her family—but this reality is too much for her to face. Her depressed mother is emotionally absent, her father doesn't want to hear anything, her older sister escaped by going to college, and her brother doesn't see any way out. So Carolyn tries to escape the trauma by retreating into her head, and changing the reality—but the trauma leaks through her denial. From the beginning of the book, we see her convinced that her uncle is a vampire who comes into her room every night to suck her blood—an appropriate metaphor for what he does. Carolyn also creates an imaginary twin sister who is docile and doesn't want to tell anyone about their uncle.

But eventually Carolyn does have to tell—and with the help of a supportive school councellor, she is able to face the truth. This book is suspenseful, and reveals the emotional trauma that survivors go through and the need for denial. Although at times the book wanders, the emotional trauma Carolyn experiences is enough to keep you hooked.

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